School of Management Hosts Lebanese Judges and Legal Professionals

Posted: September 14, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

A group of six judges and legal professionals from Lebanon are visiting George Mason this week as part of a delegation sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development and hosted by Mason’s Technology Management Program and Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems Department.

The judges are meeting with Mason professors, students and alumni to discuss the latest in information technology and e-government. Their U.S. visit is designed to help them gain a better understanding of technology innovations that will in turn help them in considering technology-related cases.

The delegation consists of Toni Issa, founder and president of ADIL and member of the Beirut Bar Association; Fawzi Khamis, magistrate and president of the Penal Court of Beirut; Roukoz Rizk, magistrate and assistant public prosecutor for financial matters; Fadi Onaissi, examining magistrate for the Court of Beirut; Houssam Chamseddine, appellate lawyer and member of the Beirut Bar Association; and Marie-Reine Sfeir, director of the IT Department at the Beirut Bar Association.

Lebanese delegation
From left, Houssam Chamseddine, Roukoz Rizk, and Fawzi Khamis, members of the visiting Lebanese delegration, meet Janet Palmisano, School of Management, at Tuesday’s reception.
Photo by Nicolas Tan

“We are looking forward to the opportunity of meeting with the Lebanese delegation and sharing our thoughts on developments in technology, technology management and e-government, and in turn hearing from them about the e-government and legal framework within Lebanon,” says J.P. Auffret, director of the Technology Management Program.

“The visit ties in with our recent work with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and Waseda University on CIOs and e-government—and to our goal of developing partnerships worldwide related to the use of technology to further good government.”

Yesterday, the delegation met with students and alumni with careers in IT in government. This morning, they will speak with professors in the School of Management on the newest trends in technology and electronic commerce. Minder Chen, associate professor of Management Information Systems; Amit Dutta, professor of Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems; and Clodagh Bassett, program manager of the Technology Management Program, are chairing the two sessions.

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